It’s never too early to start planning how you’re going to turn your home into the ultimate ghoulish Halloween hangout. Once you’ve established how you’ll spookify your front door and started stalking ghostly Halloween yard decor on Instagram, turn your focus to your porch or front stoop — it’s the first thing the little goblins are going to see. Halloween is all about the mood lighting, so whether you’re going for chic, sparkly spider webs or scary glowing witches, it’s time to get lit. Scroll down for 25 lights to buy or DIY to guarantee all eyes will be on your porch this year.
1. Ooga Lights Halloween Ghost Marquee Light ($16): When it comes to seasonal decor, you can’t go wrong with a marquee light that’s totally on point. Get a few of these to spook trick-or-treaters as they head up your front steps.
2. Grandin Road Hocus Pocus Neon Sign ($69): Abracadabra! Neon is one of the most fun decor trends on Pinterest RN, so it only makes sense to hang this glowing typography front and center.
3. DIY Halloween Cloche: These beautifully decorated cloches would be perfect for a chic Halloween soirée. Use micro battery-powered lights, paper cut-out bats and branches to makes these stylish vignettes. (via Uncommon Designs)
4. Ooga Lights Spider + Pumpkin Garland Style Party String Lights ($15): Cover your porch with a plethora of creepy crawly garlands like these spider string lights. The little orange lights and glowing pumpkins add just the right amount of light to illuminate all 800 legs. Eek.
5. Pottery Barn Lit Crystal Spider Web ($89): If you’d rather go more chic than scary, pull out these pretty crystal spider webs. They’re way easier to clean up than that messy cobweb material, and you can use them year after year. #winning
6. Ooga Lights Spider Web Party String Lights ($18): These star-shaped spider lights aren’t too spooky, but they’re definitely chic enough for a black-and-white affair. The classic silhouette makes for an adorable accoutrement that’s simple and understated.
7. Grandin Road Battery-Operated “Boo” Marquee Letters ($59): You can’t go wrong with a classy marquee light. These little letters are battery-operated so there’s no pesky wires to put a crimp in your creativity.
8. Target Halloween Fraidy Cat Paper Lantern String Lights ($25): A Halloween without cats isn’t really Halloween at all. If you don’t have a black cat of your very own, dress up your porch with these eerily smirking scaredy-cat lanterns.
9. DIY Black Cat Light String Lights: Luckily, this DIY doesn’t require master crafting skills. Whether you’re covering a small corner or the whole porch, you could have this kitty cat light garland up in a snap! (via Cakies)
11. Grandin Road Hanging Witch Hats ($99, set of three): These floaty hats offer a fun twist on hanging lanterns. If you don’t have a lot of time to hang hundreds of garlands, these pretty, pointy toppers are a great way to step up your decor, instantly.
12. Head in a Lantern: No Halloween is complete without a little skull action. Take the lightbulb out of your porch light and replace it with a plastic skull and a battery-powered LED candle. (via Atta Girl Says)
13. Desert Steel Squatty Pumpkin Luminary Decoration ($70): You need these light-up pumpkins in your life, STAT. Leave them as-is or add a few ghosts and witches to take your porch decor to the next level.
14. DIY Pumpkin Lantern: If you’d prefer to steer clear of all that scary material, decorate your porch with these pretty paper pumpkins. Light them up with battery-powered lights and enjoy the soft orange glow sans creepy creatures. (via Martha Stewart)
15. DIY Hanging Garden Lights: Got a surplus of itty bitty baby food jars? You’ve been saving them because you just *knew* they’d come in handy. This Halloween, turn ’em into spooky li’l ghosts that hang from the tree in your yard. Tres chic and tres spooky. (via Blah Blah Magazine)
16. World Market Dangling Skeletons Halloween String Lights ($20): You can’t have a solid October 31 without a visit from the underworld — or at least a nod to the underworld in the form of this eerie garland. The glowing skulls add just the right amount of light to these spooky skeletons.
17. Ooga Lights Halloween Skeleton Hand Lights ($15): For maximum creeps, this glowing skeleton hand garland ought to do the trick. Wrap them around branches and posts to amp up the scary factor.
18. Grandin Road “Enter if You Dare” Luminaries ($99): Get right to the point with these straightforward and spooky typography luminaries. Pick up this set or DIY your own eerie silhouettes with mason jars and adhesive black vinyl.
19. DIY Upcycled Halloween Village Luminaries: Reuse those glass jars you’ve been saving all year to make a spooky Halloween village. Draw your own cutouts, or use the free printables in this DIY. (via Oh So Savvy Mom)
20. DIY Easy Black and White Halloween Topiary: Who knew jack-o’-lanterns could look so glam? Add some height to your porch decor with an easy DIY topiary. Stick with black and white or add a pop of color with orange pumpkins. (via Tatertots & Jello)
21. DIY Halloween Marquee Letters: These mini marquee letters are just what you need to spell out your favorite Halloween greeting. The best part about making your own letters is that you can pick the colors you want to use, although purple and orange look particularly festive. (via Lolly Jane)
22. Grandin Road Lighted Staked Halloween Ghosts ($99, set of three): Who says ghosts can’t be super colorful? These light-up Pantone-inspired specters are totally on trend this year with their pale pastel pink and blue colors.
23. Grandin Road Flicker Flame String Lights ($24): These glowing orange flame lights could cast some seriously awesome shadows. Wrap them around black and gold branches or combine them with other garlands for maximum effect.
24. World Market Skeleton Bug and Raven Flameless LED Pillar Candles ($30, set of three): Candles are the forever-classic porch decor. They’re spooky, dramatic and take zero time to set up.
25. Grandin Road Holding Hands Witches ($89, set of three): Whether you set these up on the porch or place some directly by the door, these scary witches look especially eye-catching alongside black birdcages glowing pumpkins. For a spookier touch, add dry ice for a cool smoky effect.
How will you decorate your porch this Halloween? Check us out on Pinterest for more Halloween decorating tips and inspo!
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